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Iran-IAEA agreements aim to remove ambiguities: MP

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, July 17, IRNA
A Majlis deputy said here Tuesday that recent agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency were aimed at stripping the Group 5+1 of any excuse and removing ambiguities of the IAEA.

Head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi made the remark while speaking to IRNA.

"Group 5+1 member states (Britain, France China, Russia and the US plus Germany) claim Iran does not maintain cooperation with the IAEA or the agency has ambiguities on Iran's performance over its peaceful nuclear program," he said.

He added, "This is while Iran has always announced it has responded to all IAEA ambiguities and questions and will continue its transparent measures so no pretext would remain."

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will go on with its legal nuclear activities within the frameworks of regulations of the
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the IAEA," the MP said.

He stated the IAEA has been informed on construction of Arak heavy water research reactor since its start, adding, "There is no obstacle in the way of inspecting the project.

"The agency inspectors have so far made several visits to the project."
Boroujerdi noted that Arak heavy water reactor is a research project to replace the Tehran reactor.

"There is no link between these inspections and the Additional Protocol to the NPT. The protocol is based on snap inspections.

"The IAEA is authorized to visit nuclear facilities of a country whenever it wishes," he added.

The MP, however stressed, "Iran has issued permission for inspection of Arak heavy water reactor but it does not mean violation of Majlis ratification on non-implementation of the Additional Protocol."

He further stated that talks between Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani and the IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBAradei as well as the IAEA Safeguards chief Olli Heinonen and Larijani's Deputy for International Affairs Javad Vaeedi were held within frameworks of the Safeguards.

"So, Majlis ratification on obliging the government not to implement the Additional Protocol is still valid."

Iran and the IAEA have agreed for the agency inspectors to visit Arak heavy water facilities by the end of July.

"The IAEA has inspected Natanz project and gave an official report to the UN Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors announcing Iran's uranium enrichment at the auhorized scale -- less than five percent.

He added that the Majlis did not accept the Security Council's ratification on the necessity to suspend uranium enrichment because "it lacks legal basis".

He stressed, "The NPT and the IAEA regulations set no obstacle for uranium enrichment at the authorized scale."

The MP said, "The IAEA regulations stipulates that like any other countries being inspected, the Islamic Republic of Iran has a right to accept or reject the inspection."

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